Opinion

Beware witch doctors

When people become frightened they are particularly vulnerable to exploitation by all manner of self-proclaimed miracle ...

OPINION: It's surprising how easily many of us fall for the messages shared by self-proclaimed astrologers and soothsayers, Tom O'Connor writes.

Million-dollar painting

Colin McCahon in his studio in 1982.

OPINION: Colin McCahon was booed and hissed at when he first started exhibiting in the late 1940s, Peter Dornauf writes. Now one of his paintings has sold for $1 million.

'The ultimate gentleman'

There was standing room only at Bill Costelloe’s funeral in St Peter’s Catholic Church, Cambridge.

OBITUARY: William Joseph Costellow OStJ, March 7, 1929 – September 1, 2016

Quantity or quality?

The battle for seats on the Hamilton City Council is heating up.

OPINION: Engagement with the issues and effectiveness in decision making are better measures than 100% attendance at council meeting, Richard Swainson writes.

A simple thank you

Larger than life, Pauline (Polly) Gillespie with her now ex-husband Grant Kereama on a billboard advertising their radio ...

OPINION: Max Christoffersen "remembers the days of the old school yard", and a girl who made an indelible impression on him.

Criminal and victims

The question of whether the scales of justice weigh unevenly for Maori  remains unanswered.

OPINION: If you’re Maori, you’re not just more likely to go to jail than any other ethnicity; you’re more likely to be the victim of crime too, Narelle Henson writes.

Clean waterways downstream

Aerial photo of the Waikato River and South Waikato farms alongside.

OPINION: It might take 80 years before Waikato's rivers are safe for swimming and food gathering again, but better that than never, writes will make Tom O'Connor.

Beauty of conceptual art

This artwork titled Good Kisser, created by Auckland artist Sorawit Songsataya, won the $20,000 National Contemporary ...

OPINION: The trouble with conceptual art is that a lot of it is just plain boring, writes Peter Dornauf. But done well, it can beat painting hands down every time.

A man of rugby, opera

Pat Rice made the most of his talents, whether on the rugby field or the stage.

Some things in this world just don't mix but Patrick Geoffrey Rice, 1934-2016, combined rugby and opera rather well.

Rugby fans delight

All Blacks and Pumas supporters at the test match in Hamilton on Saturday, September 10.

OPINION: We might not camp outside the gates to get the best seats any more, but rugby fans are still a keen bunch, Richard Swainson writes.

Manners matter

Kindness and consideration, especially to those more vulnerable than you, is an outward display of a heart that has ...

OPINION: It is not just nice to have good manners. It is vital, Narelle Henson writes.

No pros here

The Chiefs franchise has lost its mana over stripper incident.

Opinion: The Chiefs stripper scandal proves rugby culture has changed very little since it went "professional" writes Max Christoffersen.

Doctor in the house

Waikato DHB clinical director primary and integrated care Dr Damian Tomic demonstrates the  DHB's new app which allows ...

OPINION: Tom O'Connor is full of praise for the Waikato District Health Board's new smartphone app which means doctors can make virtual house calls.

Sport's dark side

Eric Murray and Hamish Bond with their gold medals at Rio. Despite their winning record for New Zealand, even they are ...

OPINION: Winning at all costs is not sporting at all, writes Peter Dornauf.

Transport giant's legacy

Jim Barker, pictured with wife Bev,  was an inaugural inductee of the NZ Road Transport Hall of Fame in Invercargill in ...

OBITUARY: The Tauranga funeral of Jim Barker, NZOM, marked the passing of an extraordinary Waikato man, whom many say should have been knighted.

My council wish list

Hamilton City Council building in Garden Place.

OPINION: Max Christoffersen has some suggestions for Hamilton's next city council.

The Waco Kid lives on

Gene Wilder as the Waco Kid in Blazing Saddles.

OPINION: Willy Wonka may be considered Gene Wilder's signature role but for Richard Swainson, his Waco Kid in Blazing Saddles can't be beat.

A passionate embrace

We take it for granted that the sun will rise, day after day, we have faith that it will do so.

OPINION: There is no reason for there to be a conflict between science and faith, says Narelle Henson.

Opinion: Co-governance of rivers delivers benefits

Vaughan Payne is chief executive of Waikato Regional Council.

Opinion: Treaty of Waitangi settlements have required councils to co-manage natural resources with iwi.

Plea for demolition

Euphrasie House on Clyde Street, Hamilton East, in 2012.

OPINION: Tom O'Connor argues for euthanasia for old church buildings so they can be demolished before the last vestiges of dignity and grandeur have disappeared.

City nurtures arts culture

A detail from one of Campbell Smith's works (1925 - 2015), Boy with Catapult 1966, height 120mm.

OPINION: Peter Dornauf takes a snapshot of what's been happening on Hamilton's visual arts scene and finds plenty to choose from.

$8 million a medal!

Lisa Carrington makes paddling through the pain barrier look easy.

OPINION: Max Christoffersen has plenty of ideas on how to spend all the money taxpayers poured into funding our Olympic campaign.

Colourful character

Despite being an avid National supporter, Graham Hastings, centre, was proud to prominently display in his home this ...

OBITUARY: Graham Garlo Hastings, 1938 – 2016

Worthy versus well-known

The battle for Hamilton is heating up as election day looms.

OPINION: Richard Swainson calls it the "better the devil you know" syndrome when acknowledging the advantage incumbents and "celebrities" have over other worthy candidates running for council.

Deadbeat dads and Father's Day

To the dads who are there through thick and thin, Happy Father's Day.

OPINION: Decent dads, in short, are every bit as important to their kids as decent mums, writes Narelle Henson.

Good carers unsung heroes

Piri Hemi, 86, and son Allan Hemi. Piri's family hid a camera in his bedroom at The Cascades after they became concerned ...

OPINION: It's easy to lose sight of all the good, kind people working in care facilities when a caregiver is caught mistreating a person in their care.

Steep price for medal glory

US swimmer Ryan Lochte snared his sixth Olympic gold medal but left Rio in disgrace.

Squillions of dollars have been spent on what amounts to a 10-day bash to treat a small group of privileged people paid by the state to do what they like doing – running, jumping etc.

All work no way to live

Duncan Garner, pictured with his Story co-host Heather du Plessis-Allan, declared Kiwis a bunch of lazy sods in a recent ...

OPINION: "Lazy sods" Duncan Garner called us, but buying into the Protestant work ethic can't be good for you.

Max Christoffersen: Village delight

Produce draws the crowds to farmers’ markets but it’s the people who bring the atmosphere.

OPINION: Comfort in the company of strangers on a brisk Sunday morning at the Farmers' Market at Claudelands in Hamilton.

Land Wars were a civil war

Otorohanga College students presented a 13,000 signature petition to Parliament, in support of a national commemoration ...

OPINION: Tom O'Connor argues that the conflict variously known as the Land Wars and the New Zealand Wars was, in fact, a civil war and should be remembered as such.

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